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Based on the lifesaver TV show, Baywatch has all the main characters including Pamela Anderson as CJ and David Hasselhoff as Mitch Bucannon. The slot is very popular in casinos, not only because of the popular theme and the 'Pamela Anderson Factor', but also for having two bonus features
It is difficult to imagine that it's been almost 3 decades since the first episode of Baywatch was first aired. Curiously enough, the show was originally canceled after just one season, faring quite poorly on the seasonal ranking, positioning as 73rd out of approximately 100 shows. Little did anyone know that Baywatch is to become one of the most popular TV shows in the history of television, launching over a decade-long cultural phenomenon and bringing international fame to the cast.
The main symbols are of course the most beloved characters from the show, brought to life by David Hasselhoff, Pamela Anderson, Yasmine Bleeth and David Chokachi, while the lower value icons are Lifeguard Truck, Binoculars, Rescue Can and a Four-Wheel Dirt Bike. There are also two extra icons – Beach Wave and Lifeguard Tower, both introducing special features.
There are 15 fixed paylines with 25 coins per line, without the option of decreasing the number of active lines or coins. The only thing that can be adjusted is the coin value, ranging from $2 to $25, which means that the minimum bet per spin is $50 and the maximum stake reaches $625. The average percentage over an extended gameplay period ranges between 92.54% - 96.25%.
To launch AutoPlay, players will need to select the command button next to the balance tab, activating up to 50 spins which can be stopped manually, after a bonus feature or when a winning combination is formed on the reels.
During the main game, a lifeguard symbol can be transformed into a corresponding symbol pair, thus triggering a Teamwork feature which significantly increases the payout rate.
Tidal Wild features can be unlocked on any spin, and when that happens, the Beach Wave icon will expand across the reel; the Wild reel can then expand to cover one or two more reels.
Three Lifeguard Tower icons will start the Free Spins round and multiple the bet by x2. At the beginning of the feature, players will get to pick their favourite pair, each with a different number of spins or stacks. Once the payers have their pick, the number of spins are added together and the spins are activated. The overall payback will not be affected by the player's choice but will alter the gameplay experience. While the Free Spins are in progress, the odds of landing the Wild icons will be increased and the Teamwork bonus active throughout the feature.
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The choice of theme will definitely bring back some fond memories of lazy afternoons – if nothing else, some of us are likely to be inspired to re-visit the show and rekindle the old celebrity crushes.
The bonus features are not terrible, however, the payouts are lower than one would expect from a game with such high betting limits. Also, getting Free Spins to finally trigger is no day at the beach.
Simple design, dull bonus features and Free Spins that are a bit tricky to activate are the main two characteristics of the Baywatch slot. As fun as it was to take a walk down the memory line, see the familiar faces and listen to the inspiration track, that's pretty much all you will get out of the slot. With the lower limit of $2.00 on a single spin, that is not something that you can easily overcome and the slot will finally turn into a competition of which outcome is more likely to take place sooner – will your budget get drained or will you simply stop and take your business elsewhere.